Category Archives: Music

“Jazz Club Cabaret” at McArdle

Warm your cold winter bones and nourish your soul with some hot jazz, funk and blues at the Jazz Club Cabaret at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28, in the McArdle Theatre.

Mike Irish, director of Jazz Studies, says two dynamic groups–Jaztec and Momentum–will perform.

Irish has a broad background in jazz studies as both an educator and performer.

Jaztec continues in its great tradition of jazz standards and contemporary jazz, with their own creative twist. Mark Maguire, guitar; Caleb Roty, sax; Jack Matheson, bass; Michael Coburn, piano/vibes; and Kyle Frazier, drums, have created some wonderful arrangements of well-known tunes.

Momentum features Nick Black, saxes; Laura Black, keyboards; Jacob Posega, bass; and Troy Bouman, drums. They will perform some of the deepest grooves and funkiest tunes in the area.

Read more at Tech Today. Original article submitted by Bethany Jones.

Learn more about small jazz combos at Michigan Tech.


Jazz Club Cabaret

Come join Jazz Club Cabaret featuring Jaztec, Momentum, and special guest performer Friday January 27th and Saturday January 28th in the McArdle Theatre at 7:30 pm. If you are looking for an intimate setting, interesting music, and great company; Jazz Club Cabaret has it all. The evening will turn a cold night hot with a mixture of beautiful tunes, and highlighting great classics in Jazz music. The close knit settings and beautiful lighting make for an experience unlike you have seen before in Houghton. Each band brings a different style of Jazz and compliment each other rhythms and harmonies. The Jazz Club Cabaret invites everyone to come out and experience the atmosphere the Jazz bands have created. Admission is $10 for the public and free for Michigan Tech students.

Reposted from the Michigan Tech Lode, by Mandy Barbul-Couch.


Music Lessons Offered

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts continues its music lessons program for students, faculty, staff and adult community members, for spring semester 2012. Lessons begin the week of Monday, Jan. 23, and are offered for guitar, piano, voice, and harp, and the woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

Taught by qualified local professional musicians, twelve 45-minute lessons are offered throughout the semester on campus. This is a great way to enhance your musical talents.

For more information, email lessons@mtu.edu .


Eric Whitacre Visits Houghton

World-renowned composer Eric Whitacre made a two-day stop at Houghton on October 20 and 21. He gave a free lecture at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and directed the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, Superior Wind Symphony, and festival band and chorus.

He typically labels his style of directing as “compassionate fascism”. “When I get up on the stage, I am full of animation,” says Whitacre.

“It’s tremendously exciting and unheard of to have someone of such international notoriety come to a smaller place like Houghton,” Superior Wind Symphony director Nicholas Enz comments.

Choral director Jared Anderson says the chance to work with Whitacre is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. “He brings deep musical sensitivities, as well as a very encouraging manner to all of the groups that he works with.”

While at Michigan Tech, Eric Whitacre was sunshined by members of the MTU Huskies Pep Band.

The event was sponsored in part by the Mark Eugene Howard Endowment.


Varsity Singers Alums have a Reunion

Former members and alumni of Michigan Tech’s Varsity Singers/Jazz Singers gathered as part of the Michigan Technological University 2011 Alumni Reunion August 4-6. Stephen Brown and Lisa Pekrul Lange are spearheaded the plan, working with retired director Milton Olsson, and with Brenda Rudiger and her Michigan Tech Alumni Relations staff. Together, they compiled a not-quite-complete list of names of past Singers, but the list keeps expanding as word about spread. Contact Doc at miolsson@mtu.edu to update your contact info and to advise about other Singers that you know. So far, there are over 175 names on the list.

Also, check out some great photos of the Varsity Singers in the 70’s!